Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Down the 101

Today we drove from the RV park through Crescent City, CA down the 101 to Wilits, CA. Crescent City is a nice coastal town with an interesting history.

On the afternoon of March 27, 1964, Alaska was shaken by an earthquake even stronger than the recent Indian Ocean quake. Anchorage and other Alaska cities were devastated, and more than a hundred people died. It was said "If Crescent City was at a different angle to the ocean, they wouldn't have had that destruction." The 1964 Alaska quake struck on March 27 and killed 125 people, including four children in Oregon - at Beverly Beach State Park - and 11 in Crescent City, Calif. Crescent City was virtually ruined; Newport, Cannon Beach, Coos Bay, Depoe Bay, Florence, Gold Beach and Seaside all were all hit. There was approximately $15 million in damages in Crescent City alone in what was the only fatal tsunami ever recorded in the lower 48 states.

Crescent City from a viewpoint south of town.

California like Oregon has miles of beach strewn with logs and seastacks, large stone spires jutting above sea level. Give you an idea about the dangers of surfing or swimming in these waters. This view is looking south from a pullout on the 101 at this point called the Redwood highway.

Another view looking North from the same spot.

This shot is of the South Fork of the Eel River. The Eel River is the third largest river in California. It carves deep canyons down great mountains, through flat valleys, and past majestic and ancient redwood forests. The Avenue of the Giants follows the South Fork of the Eel river.

After taking the picture of the Eel River I got this one of a poppy complete with a bug inside.

Scrabble Score ~ Scrabble Queen 317 - The Contender 332

Quote of the Day ~
We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls. ~ Anais Nin, Writer ~ A naturalized American citizen (she was born in France), Anaïs Nin was a modernist writer of short stories and novels. Born 1903 in Neuilly, France Died in Los Angeles, CA in 1977.

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